Soil matters – ‘The State of Scotland’s Soil’

Soils make a vital contribution to Scotland’s environmental, economic and social well-being.  The report ‘The State of Scotland’s Soil’ by Natural Scotland provides a picture of their current state and describes what can be done to protect them.It was led by SEPA and written and collated by scientists from a range of Scottish research institutes, universities and other public bodies.

The report aims to raise awareness of the importance of soils to inform people of the key environmental issues relating to soil, and to encourage debate on how to progress towards a sustainable Scotland. It builds on earlier reports by SEPA (2001) and the Scottish Government’s Environmental research report Scotland’s Soil Resource – current state and threats (Towers etal., 2006). The full report is available on the SEPA website at;